Twitter user @G_IW posted a photo of a weird information leaflet bearing the logos of the British National Anti-Crime Agency (NCA) and the West Midlands Regional Organized Crime Unit (WMROCU).
As you can see in the picture above, the leaflet warns parents that if their child uses virtual machines, the Tor browser, Kali Linux, WiFi Pineapple, Discord and Metasploit, he is most likely a hacker. In such cases, parents are encouraged to contact the police for advice, and so that law enforcement officers can influence the child by sending his hobbies in a positive way.
The set of tools mentioned in the leaflet and the message as a whole caused a lot of bewilderment, discussions, as well as jokes from the IT community. For example, the developers of Kali Linux were ironic that they directly explained to the children where to start, and noted that the police could attach a link to https://kali.training. In a conversation with reporters The register the developers noticed that they hoped that their parents would not call the police because of the children chatting at Discord and would not take these “warnings” seriously.
Have to admit it’s sort of nice they give kids a roadmap on where to get started. We all know the easiest way to get a kid to do something is to tell them they can’t or should not, then they list specific item not to do. To bad they did not link to https://t.co/PsPfjHrXcr
– Kali Linux (@kalilinux) February 12, 2020
However, not everyone was as generous as the developers of Kali Linux, and law enforcement officers were subjected to very harsh criticism, which is why representatives of the National Crime Agency were forced to Official statement, reporting that the NCA did not generally participate in the production or release of these leaflets.
As a result, WMROCU had to answer. Police officers they writethat the flyers were created by a third party as a safety memo for teachers and parents. More detailed comment law enforcement gave the publication Zdnet:
“This leaflet was created to raise the awareness of teachers, parents and guardians so that they can give children advice on how to stay safe on the Internet. The memo highlighted some of the tools that children could use at home.
The mentioned software is legitimate, in the vast majority of cases it is used legally and can give a great advantage to those who are interested in developing their digital skills. However, as with any other software, it can be used for other purposes. The purpose of this memo was to provide a brief reference guide on the entire spectrum of available software so that those who bear parental responsibility for children and youth can start a conversation about the safe and legal use of computers and technologies. ”